Tourism figures remain strong

Air arrivals into the Cayman Islands have surpassed 150,000 in the first four months of 2015, an increase of almost five percent over the same period last year.

Figures released this week show just over 36,000 tourists touched down at the Owen Roberts International Airport in April, a small increase on the same month in 2014.

Air arrival figures – the key metric for the success of the tourism industry – have been steadily rising since 2009. More than 380,000 tourists arrived on island by air last year, which was the best on record.

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has said the numbers will start to plateau this year, because of a shortage of hotel beds.

“We have reached the saturation point and are experiencing the first signs of limitations in capacity,” he told industry leaders at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s annual general meeting in April.

He said last year’s “double-digit” increase in numbers would not be repeated in 2015, predicting a rise of around five percent in arrivals for the year. The numbers for April represent a modest half a percent increase on the same month last year. At the cruise ship dock, arrival figures are also improving.

April was a significant month for the cruise industry with 175,225 people coming ashore, an increase of 30 percent on the same month last year.

The total increase for the first four months of the year has been more modest with 719,298 cruise passengers arriving in Cayman compared to 677,663 in the same period last year, an increase of just over six percent.

Director of Tourism Rosa Harris commented: “I am very pleased to see the continued successes of our destination maintaining a competitive level of growth that will undoubtedly set us on the right path to end the year positively.”

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has said the numbers will start to plateau this year, because of a shortage of hotel beds.

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  1. It would be interesting to find what the actual hotel occupancy rate has been. I just checked online and there is no apparent shortage of hotels rooms from 13 June thru July.

    That makes you wonder how many of these arrivals are actually stayover visitors.

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  2. The Tourism Department should explain the difference between a tourist and a person who live on the Island and leave the Islands 2 time a month and return, but can give precise numbers on cruise ship visitors . This sounds like a push for the cruise ship dock.

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